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51 Oak St, Portland, ME 04101-3921
207-253-5122
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11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Easy to be gluten dairy free here

Friendly owners, delicious authentic flavor, feels like you stepped into a corner restaurant in Africa, love that injera, the grain used as a base under the different sauces is gluten free!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
554lori
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Portland, Maine
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Portland, Maine
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friendly owners, delicious authentic flavor, feels like you stepped into a corner restaurant in Africa, love that injera, the grain used as a base under the different sauces is gluten free!

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Thank 554lori
Portland, Maine
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60 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Asmara Restaurant for lunch with a friend today (a Tuesday). We noticed the restaurant a few weeks ago and wanted to try it. So glad we did!! The menu was the same for lunch and dinner, with lunch prices (and portions) lower, but the dish selection the same. Great concept!! There are lots of vegetarian selections, as... More 

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Thank Laura F
Fredericton, Canada
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112 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

This is a great spot to eat at. The food is very savory and I love that you can eat with your hand :) We ordered the beef tibsy and the chicken in a mild curry. Came wiTh the bread, lentils and cabbage. Everything was really delicious. Lots of food for two people. Also had some of the mango juice,... More 

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Thank savoiei
Portland, Me
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Slightly out of the way off the hustle/bustle of Congress by 3/4 a block... and WELL WORTH THE FIND !!! Wonderful family has provided authentic Eritrean food for 10 + years to Portland. Amazing food, amazing casual atmosphere with table of downtown executives next to local college students. Price point is so low it"s unbelievable... DEFINITELY have the mead... Just... More 

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Thank 2_Island_Guy
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I love Ethiopian food, so an Eritrean restaurant is something I am going to love! This place was tasty, and a good value! The injera is different than the Ethiopian style, not as tart, but still very good. The spicy lamb dish we ordered had good heat and excellent flavor. I subtracted a star because of the stifling heat of... More 

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Thank Sarah L
Portland, ME
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Asmara is one of my favorite restaurants in Portland. The giant platter of injera topped with chicken, lamb, lentils, cabbage-- the choices go on and on-- is delicious and spicy (if you like it that way) and satisfying. Order a Tusker and you might feel transported to another continent.

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Thank Patty H
Wells, Maine
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129 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The food was very good and the all the various employees, except our server, provided great service. The coffee ceremony, including freshly roasted and ground coffee, was delicious. I would definitely recommend it for a nice change of pace.

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Thank taralaf
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

If you're new to Ethiopian/Eritrean food look no further for the REAL thing ! ! ! The cuisine is extraordinary and the menu is broad and varied. The Injera that is both serving platter and utensils for the entree is gluten free teff bread. Wonderful ! Best value add on side is the salad with shredded injera. Lamb is amazing...... More 

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Thank T1644KRwilliams
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Asmara justifiably gets a lot of nice reviews. It certainly is a break from the other fare that you get around downtown but it can get crowded at lunch; try a late lunch (after 2:30 pm) when you might be the only diners there with the family that runs it. Be sure to get the hot tea, and don't... More 

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Thank Terry R
Shanghai, China
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The lamb dishes are flavourful and the fried kale is delicious. I cannot get enough of the injera and often order an additional one to share with the group. Friendly staff and great value for money. They have half off lunch entrees during the week

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 51 Oak St, Portland, ME 04101-3921
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-253-5122
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm

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